STEM Ambassadors

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. CIHT STEM Ambassadors work across the UK in regions to encourage young people to achieve their potential in STEM subjects. CIHT STEM Ambassadors inspire their local community by volunteering their time and support to work with schools, colleges, teachers, employers and young people.

What is the STEM Ambassadors Programme?

The STEM Ambassadors Programme is a network of volunteers with a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Maths (the STEM subjects). The network operates across the UK, and is coordinated by CIHT and STEM Learning.

CIHT STEM Ambassadors inspire young people to continue studying STEM subjects, and help them to explore the applications of their studies in the wider world. They broaden career horizons, raise aspirations, and build understanding of the role that these subjects play in everyone’s lives.

CIHT STEM Ambassadors give young people the opportunity to meet a wide range of inspiring role models who encourage them as they think about their future.

 

What does becoming a STEM Ambassador involve?

As a CIHT STEM Ambassador, you are required to undertake a minimum of one activity each year. This could be a 10 minute video about who you are and how your work makes a difference, a classroom visit, or even a professional development session for teachers. You are asked to make an initial commitment of three years – so that's just three activities – although you are welcome to renew that commitment when the time comes.

Activities could be classroom workshops or talks, supporting an out-of-hours club (regularly or as a one-off), helping out at large events and careers fairs, or even work with a non-schools audience such as Guides or Scouts. As long as the activity is STEM-related and benefits young people between the ages of 5 and 19, then it counts as an activity.

Check out some STEM Ambassadors resources at: https://www.stem.org.uk/commercial/existing-stem-ambassadors and, https://www.ciht.org.uk/professional-development/get-involved/inspiring-the-next-generation/

 

Why volunteer as a STEM Ambassador?

Raise the aspirations of young people by giving them the opportunity to meet a wide range of inspiring role models who encourage them as they think about their future. As well as the many benefits for students and teachers, being a STEM Ambassador can also benefit you. As well as being an enjoyable and rewarding thing to do, volunteering with young people can build your confidence, presentation skills and help you see your own work from a different perspective. 

 

Sign up to becoming a STEM Ambassador as a CIHT member

It is quick and easy to register as a CIHT STEM Ambassador. Below is a step by step guide on how to register.

First, open the STEM Learning website, which is www.stem.org.uk. On the top navigation bar, select STEM Ambassadors and, in the drop-down list provided, select Becoming a STEM Ambassador.

This page provides lots of information about becoming a STEM Ambassador. When you are ready to sign up, click the button labelled Create an account and get started.

You will need to fill in your name and email address and create a password. Confirm you're not a robot then click Continue to go to the next step and add the rest of your personal details.

The box labelled About Me, is a great chance for you to give a summary of who you are and anything else you would like to share about yourself. This can be seen by people requesting the service of an ambassador so they can learn a little more about you. You can add or remove information at any time. This is also where you can link to CIHT through the Professional Institution Membership box. To do this, simply click in the text box underneath and type CIHT. Select CIHT to enable us to contact you for STEM Ambassador related activities.

Next, complete the My activity preferences section. This is your chance to select the preferences that you believe are appropriate to your role so you can be matched with the engagement opportunities that you would prefer or believe you are more suited to. You can choose as many preferences or skills as you like. Once you have entered your preferences, one of the final steps is to enter in your Postcode. This acts as your location and matches you with a STEM hub closest to you. Your STEM hub can support you further as CIHT STEM Ambassador. You can also choose how far you'd be willing to travel for engagements from your location.

You can now complete your registration by clicking Register at the bottom of the screen. You should receive confirmation on your screen that you are now registered as a STEM Ambassador with STEM Learning. You'll also receive an email from STEM Learning to verify your email address. Once you have verified this, someone from STEM Learning will get in contact with you to progress your application. The next steps involve a free security check and a short induction.

If you need any additional support to sign up, please contact professionaldevelopment@ciht.org.uk

That’s it. You are now well on your way to becoming a CIHT STEM Ambassador – Thank you very much and we will be in contact soon!

 

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